Collaborative research funding

DAERA’s Science Evidence and Innovation Policy Division has been exploring new mechanisms to enable DAERA to become involved in collaborative research programmes with other government funders.

Collaborative working

The Department recognises the very significant advantages to be gained through a collaborative approach to research for the agri-food sector.  There is consensus across government, science, academia and industry that the greatest challenges facing the agri-food and forestry sectors are best fully understood and then met by means of sharing both knowledge and ideas within manageable consortia.  Furthermore, it is recognised that, collaboration with government funders from other regions and countries, can lever significant additional scientific expertise and research capacity for the benefit of all. 

DAERA is involved in a number of research and development collaborations with other government funders.  Two new initiatives are outlined below. 

2017 Competitive Call for Research Proposals

The Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has identified a number of topics in the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine’s (DAFM’s) 2017 Competitive Call for Research Proposals that are of shared strategic relevance to the Northern Ireland agri-food sector with DAERA agreeing to fund the participation of N. Ireland based researchers in successful project applications.

The DAERA / DAFM Competitive Research Call encourages applications that are:

  • collaborative & inter-institutional
  • address multiple research objectives
  • involve an integrated holistic approach
  • multidisciplinary involving a number of biosciences and
  • contribute meaningfully to innovation

DAERA provides funding, subject to budget availability, to the Agri-Food Biosciences Institute, Queen’s University Belfast and the Ulster University in successful projects in selected research areas within the call.


Application Submission Timeframe:

Call opening: 29th June 2017
Deadline for submission of technical queries: 7th September 2017 (1pm)
Deadline for submission of completed applications in Call 2017: 14th September 2017 (1 pm)

Evaluation and Award Timeframe (please note these post-application timings are indicative):

  • Evaluations: Q4 2017
  • Contract Negotiations: Q1 2018
  • Grant of Awards: Q2 2018

Information Webinar

An information webinar on the 2017 Competitive Call for Research Proposals took place on Thursday 6 July. A recording of the webinar is available to view here:

Information webinar recording

You must register when prompted before you can view the recording. The duration is 1 hour 12 minutes. 

The PowerPoint presentation used during the webinar can be downloaded here:  Webinar powerpoint presentation


US Ireland Research and Development Partnership

This partnership is a tri-jurisdictional alliance which was officially launched in 2006 with the aim to promote collaborative innovative research projects which create value above and beyond individual efforts.  A number of projects have been successfully funded under the partnership in the field of health, nanoscale science and engineering, sensors and sensor networks, telecommunications and energy and sustainability. 

In November 2015 the US-Ireland Research and Development Partnership was expanded to include agri-food. A pilot initiative between DAERA DAFM and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), US Department of Agriculture was launched in 2016.  Further information can be found within the US-Ireland Research and Development Call in Agriculture.

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